Sustainable Housing carries a broader meaning then just an eco house or green building materials or even green home building. Actually defining sustainable housing is difficult as the terms will have various meanings depending where in the world you live.
Sustainable Housing concepts in the developed world lean heavily on the use of strategies for Sustainable Energy for Homes and carbon footprint. The zero energy building has been all abuzz for some time now. While participating at a UN conference last year there were ... Continue
Sustainable Development and Affordable Housing.
Lets face it, not everybody knows what sustainable development really means so it isn’t always clear how sustainable development and affordable housing are linked. We need to start with the official definition of sustainable development because it is a term that conjures up all types of thoughts when used too loosely and depending on your point of reference may even draw opposing points of view. While consulting at the UN on the RIO+20 ... Continue
I Want To Use SIP Panels on My Next Project. Are They Covered in Building Codes?
When deciding if SIP Panels are a good choice for your next construction project, it is good to know they conform to building codes, are incredibly strong, and extremely energy efficient, and used to build hundreds of millions of square feet of buildings each year.
Over the years, products are accepted or rejected by a combination of public opinion, research, and practical ... Continue
Rationale for Building your own SIP Panels if you are in construction, especially internationally!
For over 70 years there has been a tremendous amount of SIP construction totalling many hundreds of millions of square feet of SIP buildings having been built. All of this has been backed by science and research demonstrating the strength and durability of the panels (as well as weaknesses). They are indisputably a strong product that offers a faster 1 way to ... Continue
Why do innovations in affordable housing technologies appear and then disappear so quickly?
There seems to be a real need in the world for better and faster ways to build affordable housing. It is estimated that there are 1.5 billion people who do not have adequate shelter, aka affordable housing. This would represent roughly 1/5 of mankind. We can assume all of those people just choose not to have houses and end this article here. Or, we ... Continue
Eco Homes have long been an American ideal.
Eco homes in America are a product of the 1970’s energy crisis when many Americans began to discover ways to reduce energy consumption in the home. One of the results of this effort is that buzz words used to describe products (and the products themselves) are now common; Energy Star Appliances, high seer air conditioners, blown in insulation, and radiant foil barriers, to name a few. One less known but ... Continue